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Why do Jehovas Witnesses not celebrate anything??

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skittles1108

Asked by skittles1108 at 9:12 AM on Oct. 16, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I worked for someone who was a Jehovas Witnesses. I got him Giants tickets he said he could not take them, he changed his mind real quick. Which I was glad.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:30 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • I have no idea, maybe something about taking attention away from God? I went to school with one, her parents would not even let her celebrate her birthday, so a bunch of her friends got together and had a secret party for her, I thought that was realy sweet. Anyway It doesn't sound like a very fun religion, not only are you stuck going door to door in 30 below zero weather but you don't even get any birthday cake?
    Bjoycassell

    Answer by Bjoycassell at 9:33 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • They feel it goes against Bible principles...here's what I found online


    http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_jehovahs_witnesses_not_celebrate_holidays

    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 9:38 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • The only thing the celebrate is their marriage anniversaries. Because that's something they did before God and took a vow. They aren't "stuck" going door to door, they actually LIKE it. Matter of fact, they come to my door quite frequently because i answered the door to them ONCE! So now they come about once a week. I have to ignore them. They are very nice, but can't take a hint.
    HarpersMom715

    Answer by HarpersMom715 at 9:42 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • Yes, just not anything with a known unscriptural root or associated customs.
    Here are links from their official site [as with any religion it's always best to go to offical sites. You won't get the full truth about Jehovah's Witnesses anywhere else]:
    http://www.watchtower.org/e/bh/article_16.htm
    http://www.watchtower.org/e/bh/appendix_13.htm
    http://www.watchtower.org/e/bh/appendix_14.htm

    m01r4

    Answer by m01r4 at 10:11 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • And to imagine they don't party, give gifts or genrally plan good times and have fun is plain wrong.
    m01r4

    Answer by m01r4 at 10:13 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • I found this too:
    "Why don’t you celebrate holidays?
    We commemorate the Memorial of Christ’s death, the most important religious event of the year for Jehovah’s Witnesses. Throughout the year, we enjoy parties, picnics, and other events without feeling bound to obligations or to a fixed date. We may also celebrate special events such as weddings and anniversaries. However, we do not celebrate holidays that have non-Christian religious origins or those that promote nationalism. We are not opposed to celebrations in general or to the giving of gifts."
    It's a cut and paste from their official media website http://www.jw-media.org/

    m01r4

    Answer by m01r4 at 10:15 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • I was told by my neighbor friend when I was little they feel like they get gifts all year long..which is odd but I do remember her parents becomming outraged when we put up our christmas lights because they were shining in their windows and there wasn't even that many...it was actually funny cuz it was the only dark house on the block during christmas's...she also was not allowed to attend my birthday party...
    chica679

    Answer by chica679 at 10:28 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • There are different reason for not celebrating each of the holidays. For many it is pagan roots.
    Melbornj

    Answer by Melbornj at 10:46 AM on Oct. 16, 2010

  • I grew up JW, my mom still is. Each holiday comes with it's own reasons however, I will kinda summarize so it doesn't take up 3 pages of these boxes...

    Religious holidays are avoided because historically they are all based on Pre-Christian traditions and beliefs and Jesus did not celebrate them or the holidays they were based on.

    HalMark Holidays (Mothers day, Fathers day, etc.) are avoided because they believe you should show your love and appreciation to these people every day rather than setting one day aside.

    Patriotic Holidays are avoided because JWs believe there should be only one Government, God's Government, and they do not become involved in the Governments of Man.

    Birthdays are avoided because they believe the bible gives examples of how they should live, and the only birthday celebrations in the bible ended in death, and there is no mention of Jesus celebrating his.
    SabrinaMBowen

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 12:06 PM on Oct. 16, 2010

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