What Do Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate And Not Celebrate?

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Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
They do not celebrate anything that is not mentioned in the Bible. They celebrate the memorial of Christ (Scriptural), wedding anniversaries (marriage is God's arrangement). So in other words, they don't want to be part of this world as Christ once said. They believe most holidays are pagan (not Christian).
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate any form of holidays like Halloween, Christmas, Kwanzaa and all sorts of holidays so those are pagans which are bad to celebrate.
DeAnna Profile
DeAnna answered
They do not celebrate birthdays or xmas
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Because God is doesnt accept humans to celebrate all holidays on earth. I mean jehovah witnesses are not part of the world. We celebrate weddings and anniversaries.  Jehovah didnt create humans to celebrate every holiday of every month. He created us to do his will.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
They do not celebrate birthdays christmas etc. But they do celebrate the memorial. The celebration of Jesus(God's son) death to forgive humans of their sins
Kristi Spaulding Profile
All holidays are pagan and have pagan roots. They celebrate the Memorial of Jesus' death because it was commissioned by him. Jesus never told his disciples to remember or celebrate his birth, but to remember his death.

The early Christians did not celebrate any holidays, and neither do JW's (true Christians) today.
Dash TwentyOne Profile
Dash TwentyOne answered

For their own benefit, Jesus commanded his disciples to observe a memorial of his death, and established that memorial during the Hebrew calendar period, referred to as 'Nisan 14', at sunset.- Luke 22:14-20

This was the Passover season, which was to carry over to Jesus' disciples. The memorial of Christ's death is not the actual Passover celebration, however, since 1 Corinthians 5:7 states: "For, indeed, Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed."

No other observance is given or directed for Christians to observe, not even Christ's resurrection, which is to be observed daily, by means of Christian awareness.  Jesus' birth- also a reason for rejoicing through daily awareness- was also not included in Jesus' direction.

The Memorial of Jesus' Death has not become contaminated with commercialism, greed, spiritism and various pantheons of religious celebration.  And is not to be confused with the popular practice of 'communion'.

The Memorials' significance can be more-readily appreciated by obtaining a better understanding of the Passover, itself.  So I will include a link that will provide information on that, below:   

http://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/ws20131215/passover-to-be-memorial-for-you/

Also, some links to information about what do not celebrate: 

http://www.jw.org/en/publications/books/bible-teach/should-christians-celebrate-holidays/

http://www.jw.org/en/search/?q=holidays


Charles Davis Profile
Charles Davis answered

As far as the normal holidays they do not celebrate any of them, they have their own holiday and the only one endorsed by the Watchtower is the death of Jesus, it is tied in to the date of the Passover, Niasan 14 on the Jewish Calendar. However they do celebrate a few personal milestones like wedding anniversaries, but not Birthdays.

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Witness Worker answered

I know that this is an older question but as I was reading through many of the post many posted how miserable the Jehovah Witnesses are and how if they don't do what they are told they will be shunned.  Now if any that have posted are bible readers you would know that this is how the bible instructed the Christian congregation to handle certain matters.  When someone tells you that they have been disfellowshipped as one of Jehovah's Witnesses you are hearing their side of what happened, but you may not be hearing the whole truth.  The bible talks about ones being disfellowshipped from the congregations.  At 1 Cor. 5: 9 - 13 is says:

9 In my letter I wrote YOU to quit mixing in company with fornicators, 10 not [meaning] entirely with the fornicators of this world or the greedy persons and extortioners or idolaters. Otherwise, YOU would actually have to get out of the world. 11 But now I am writing YOU to quit mixing in company with anyone called a brother that is a fornicator or a greedy person or an idolater or a reviler or a drunkard or an extortioner, not even eating with such a man. 12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Do YOU not judge those inside, 13 while God judges those outside? “Remove the wicked [man] from among yourselves.”

So here the Apostle Paul commanded those in the Christian congregation not to associated with those who wanted to practice the things of the world.  Let me ask you this, do you regularly hang around practicing drug addicts, thieves, fornicators at your place of worship?  Probably not because most places of worship know that this is a place of clean worship and would not want to associate with ones that are practicing vile things and they don't want to change.  This is case with JW's.  They see the Christian congregation the same as Jehovah God sees it, as a place of clean worship.  Jesus made a statement at Matthew 10: 34 - 37 about his coming to earth, it says:

Do not think I came to put peace upon the earth; I came to put, not peace, but a sword. 35 For I came to cause division, with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a young wife against her mother-in-law. 36 Indeed, a man’s enemies will be persons of his own household. 37 He that has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and he that has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.

So Jesus himself said that if ones put their total faith in serving him that there would be division among them.  Also remember too, that these ones that are disfellowshipped are ones believed and accepted the standards of the bible at one time, that's how they came to be a Jehovah's Witness, then they broke their spiritual vow to God and where not repentant about what they done, so according to the scriptures they were removed from the Christian congregation.  What most disfellowshipped ones don't tell you is that they are still allowed to come to the meetings and learn and that the elders of the congregation check with them periodically to see it they have changed their lifestyle and repent from their wrong doing.  Their is a lot more to one being disfellowshipped.

Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered

I am a Jehovah witness. My name is Ayla. I am nine. BUT us witnessess know what we are doing,and the person who said he/she was 30 , well my group feels sorry for you!!! So you should stop talking MESS about us!!!

Ty Hibb Profile
Ty Hibb answered

We celebrate everything that Jesus and his apostles celebrated. Isn't that what a foot step follower of Jesus would do?

The bible said other celebrations would be added after the apostles died. It would be part of the apostasy that would come.

2Tim 4:3,4 "For there will be a period of time when they will not put up with the wholesome teaching, but according to their own desires, they will surround themselves with teachers to have their ears tickled. They will turn away from listening to the truth and give attention to false stories"

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ronald jude answered
They don't believe in celebratin xmas or birthdays .....they just plain don't celebrate anything
thanked the writer.
Dash TwentyOne
Dash TwentyOne commented
Jenn, it is good to meet you!- ...digitally, speaking.

I read your posts. but wasn't sure you were still active.

I have migrated from Ask.com, which is closing. So has AnnNettie (Paradise), whose replies I admire for their seriousness and devotion to providing a good witness, and fine example for those loving Jehovah God.

The serious, direct tone of your own answers, impressed me, very much!

Take care, Sincerely, D21
Pedro Colin Profile
Pedro Colin answered
They really don't celebrate anything none of the big holidays is a no no I had to suffer threw it as a kid not celebrating my birthday & christmas ext.
Moo C. Profile
Moo C. answered
They don't celebrate christmas or bdays
,but I don't know what they celebrate add me as a friend and plz remind me that way I can have the answer by tuesday
Heather Spence Profile
Heather Spence answered
They do not celebrate New Year, Valentine's day, Mother's day or Father's day.
Easter is kind of celebrated but it's only the religious aspects. No Easter Bunny or chocolate eggs :')
Birthdays aren't celebrated because the only time a birthday is mentioned in the bible, John the Baptist was decapitated and his head was a birthday gift heh..
Hallowe'en isn't celebrated because of the pagan origins.
Bonfire night isn't celebrated.
Christmas isn't celebrated because by looking at the specific dates in the bible, it would logically suggest Jesus was born in October, not December.
I think I've got everything. People think it's cruel, especially to young children, to deny them these public holidays, which in a way it is, but they often have 'Present Days' which is just like Christmas but without all of the traditional stuff like a tree and whatnot. The family comes down in the morning to open gifts and stuff. Isn't too bad :')
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I feel bad for their children not getting any Christmas presents or Birthday presents not getting to go Trick or treating its just plan sad I feel sorry for their kids.
That is just sad I am a Baptist when they come to our door we don't answer it.
Age 30
Stewart Pinkerton Profile
They celebrate Easter (the resurrection, not the vernal equinox pagan festival the Catholic Church hijacked), otherwise they are the most miserable bunch on Earth - no birthday parties or Christmas presents, and do what you're told or you'll be shunned. One of my work colleagues was basically forced into joining by his wife, and now if he questions the more idiotic JW beliefs, he's told he'll be 'disfellowshipped' aka shunned if he doesn't toe the party line.
thanked the writer.
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Anonymous commented
Incorrect! Easter/bunny's/eggs have nothing to do with a biblical teaching. A pagan teaching just as the other celebrated holidays. Their children do not go without. Fact is, their children are very loved and are given gifts when one wants to give and as many times a year as wanted. Not because they have to give. Acts 20:35: Jesus said "There is more happiness in giving than receiving". You really need to find something better to do w/your time, instead of finding fault with everything they do
Arabella Alderton
The fear of not understanding must frighten you how sad and sorry I feel for you......Thanks to Jehovah we are not a judgemental and critising bunch we have nothing but love for our fellow man the only one to judge is him not us imperfect humans.With comments like your one no wonder this world is the way it is perhaps a bible study would help you to learn to respect others as we were taught also to watch one's tongue when giving such answers.....Big ups to Rhonilou
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Anonymous commented
You sure are an angry man, and you should research the origin of christmas and the other holidays, you will find their roots began in pagan worship........

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