Fans celebrate 'Prince Day' worldwide—but Prince, a Jehovah's Witness, didn't celebrate birthdays | The Tylt
Prince was born on June 7, and would have been 58 years old today. Grieving fans all over the world are holding tributes, dance parties, and celebrations in his honor. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton even declared June 7 “Prince Day," and residents are being encouraged to wear purple to honor his legacy.
But here's the thing: Prince didn't celebrate birthdays. He was a very observant Jehovah's Witness, and Jehovah’s Witnesses do not celebrate birthdays because they believe "such celebrations displease God." Birthdays and other holidays are viewed as pagan rituals, glorifying "false religious beliefs or activities."
Is it weird to honor him in a way that would have undoubtedly felt counter to his religious beliefs?
Clearly, most Americans think celebrating birthdays is not only permissible, but necessary. And certainly no one wants to disrespect Prince doing it (quite the opposite actually).
Should fans #respectPRINCE in other ways besides celebrating his birthday? Or is June 7 the perfect day to #celebratePRINCE?
Fans celebrate 'Prince Day' worldwide—but Prince, a Jehovah's Witness, didn't celebrate birthdays
Out of respect for Prince and his religion I will not post any birthday wishes since Jehovah witnesses don't celebrate— ROY VICKERS Lyricyst (@onefunkmusic) June 7, 2016
Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in celebrating birthdays. MN now has ‘Prince Day’ to celebrate his birthday. ¯\(°_o)/¯ Does anyone…? No…?— Chris Arcand (@chrisarcand) June 7, 2016