Serena Williams Doesn't Celebrate Her Daughter Olympia's Birthdays Because Of Her Religious Beliefs

Date December 17, 2018

It seems like only yesterday pro tennis player Serena Williams announced that she was 22-weeks pregnant. Fast forward to today and the multiple-laurel winning star already marked the first birthday of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.


A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

READ ALSO: Heartbroken Serena Williams Reveals She Missed Her Baby Girl's First Steps: "I Cried"

Williams reportedly had an entire floor of the hospital she delivered at cleared so she could have her baby away from prying eyes.

 Williams also held a baby shower in Miami and several of her celebrity friends attended. One of her oldest friends, Meghan Markle, did not attend as she was visiting her then fiancé, Prince Harry.


A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

READ ALSO: Serena Williams' 6-Month-Old Daughter Has Her Own Mini Tennis Racket

Many Williams fans were looking forward to the star marking her daughter’s birthday in grand style. However, during a press conference at the U.S. Open, she revealed that there would be no celebrations and the reason was very important. The famous tennis player said: 

Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that celebrating birthdays displease God and as such, abstain from it. The church’s website explains that activities during birthdays are the main concern, not the celebrations as a whole. In addition, birthday celebrations reportedly have roots in paganism.


A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on

Some Williams fans on social media were quite surprised that she is a Jehovah’s Witness but some others said they knew all along.

Tough luck to everyone expecting delightful birthday pictures from Williams and her husband, entrepreneur Alexis Olympia Ohanian. However, it is likely the family has some way to mark the birthdays of their sweet girl.

READ ALSO: Serena Williams' Daughter, Alexis Olympia, Celebrated Her First Holiday Season

Serena Williams