‘We Don’t Celebrate Holidays’- Jehovah’s Witnesses Venus and Serena Williams Revealed Sincere Take On Their Religious Persona in 2022

Published 01/07/2024, 2:37 PM EST

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams have always been very vocal about their personal and professional lives. Often the media tells one story and behind the scenes, it’s a different scenario. To feel connected to their fans, the Williams sister often share their life online, what they do, and how they live. It includes their faith.

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In a past interview, the sisters also talked about their religious beliefs and how they were raised. It is not common for celebrities like them to be so open about what they believe in and what they follow, but the sisters never shy away from being vocal about it and sharing it with their fans.

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In a 2022 discussion with Harpers Bazaar, Serena Williams and Venus Williams had been asked several questions about their personal lives. And one of them gave them the platform to talk about their religious beliefs as well.

In the interview, they shared, “We don’t celebrate holidays at all. But we definitely like to just always figure out ways to The Fellowship.” The reason they don’t celebrate holidays is because they were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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Under this religious belief, the followers understand that God is not a person but a force of power and spirit. And so, they worship the Holy Spirit instead of Jesus Christ, which is contrary to what other Christians do. The sisters follow the belief very religiously as well.

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In fact, Serena Williams also shared how even her daughter has been following the same religion. The tennis legend also baptized herself as a witness to reaffirm her faith.

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At the beginning of the year in 2023, Serena Williams got herself baptized as a witness at the Jehovah’s Witness Assembly. This was in West Palm Beach Florida. In another one of her interviews, Serena Williams mentioned that she believes in the religion but wants to explore more about it and baptism was the answer for her.

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In fact, later she also revealed that her elder daughter Olympia also follows the same religion. And that is why she does not celebrate birthdays. According to their religion, the followers do not celebrate any birthdays or festivals.

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Ishmeet Kaur

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Growing up, I was always drawn to tennis and would spend hours watching matches on TV. It's no surprise that I eventually pursued a career in sports journalism, with a focus on the racket sport.?As a tennis sportswriter for EssentiallySports, I've had the opportunity to cover some of the biggest tournaments.
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