She’s been a Jehovah’s Witness since her mother converted to the faith in the early 1980s.
And on Saturday during a press conference, Serena Williams revealed that she won’t be celebrating her daughter Olympia’s first birthday in September due to religious beliefs.
‘Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays,’ the 36-year-old tennis pro said. ‘We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, we don’t do that.’
Practising Jehovah’s Witnesses do not observe holidays they believe to have a pagan origin—such as Christmas, Easter, and birthdays.
According to an interview with Vogue in 2017, Serena hasn’t been an active participant in the faith until recently.
‘Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practised it and have been wanting to get into it,’ she said.
Throughout her career, Williams has consistently thanked ‘Jehovah God’ for her success as a tennis player.
‘I am Jehovah’s Witness. I think if you don’t believe in God, it’s going to be tough to live life because pretty much that’s the basis of life, it comes from God,’ she told ASAP Sports back in 2002.
‘Being a Jehovah’s Witness, obviously, we believe in God and the Bible. And without Him, I wouldn’t be here right now. I really thank Him for everything.’