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serena williams - and baby alexis

via eurweb:

Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian’s daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. turns 1 on Sept. 1 but her superstar mother says they won’t be celebrating the big milestone.

Williams has confirmed she will not observe her daughter’s first birthday the traditional way due to her Jehovah’s Witness beliefs.

Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,” the tennis champion said in a press conference. “We’re Jehova’s Witnesses so we don’t do that.”

As noted by E! Online, Jehova’s Witnesses don’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas, Easter and other holidays because the religion believes “such celebrations displease God.” Birthdays also have pagan roots, and according to the religion, the Bible “condemns the use of magic, divination, spiritism, or ‘anything like this.’”

Serena explained to Vogue last year: ”Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it. Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first,” she said at the time.

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